Sample Sentences With Idioms...

1. The suffering Adam went through in life was actually a blessing in


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disguise,for it has taught him to be prudent and thrifty with his finances. Many obese Malaysians are actually couch potatoes.They just like to sit and eat on a couch all day long watching movies without moving an inch. Students who like to drag their feet will not be able to finish their school project on time. Students need to widen their horizons in order to face the challenges of globalisation. People who like to be mules for drug traffickers must learn to face the music if caught by the authorities. Sam has a gut feeling that something bad is going to happen today. Parents need to have a heart to heart talk with their teenage children often.This will help them to understand the emotional turmoil their teenage children are going through better. Reading helps a person to be knowledgeable about his surroundings and not be in the dark. Parents need to keep an eye on their childrens after school activities. We packed our things and headed to the remote village in Manjala. The journey was quite challenging and dangerous but we managed to steer clear of danger and reached the village safe and sound.

1. My father and mother are always at loggerheads, they never once

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agreed on anything, always pointing fingers at one another over silly matters. Sandy was on cloud nine as she got through her SPM examination with flying colours. After waiting for six long years, Pat and Mandy finally tied the knot. Their parents gave them an out of this world wedding reception as a wedding gift. Henry is quite wrapped up with his construction work. He just can't afford to take a break or put up his feet even for a second. Miranda has put on weight after giving birth to her baby girl. She plans to work out more to shed the extra pounds. Starting from 2013, every student must pass their History paper. Students are worried that they might not be able to sail through it because History is all Greek to them. The old house opposite my house has a ghostly presence, it gives me goose bumps just looking at it.

8. The bank was robbed in broad daylight.The police are not leaving any

stones unturned, they are working out a game plan to catch the mastermind. 9. People around the world must have an attitude of give and take in order to enjoy continuous peace.Insensitive words or religious undertones will only create ripples which can turn into a vicious cycle of unnecessary violence. 10. The two opposing political parties are hoping for a landslide victory this coming election. Working committes from both parties have rolled up their sleeves for some serious campaining.

IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS: 1. To face the music (To take the punishment or scolding) 2. To live from hand to mouth (To live in hardship) 3. To sit on the fence (To take no sides in a debate or a quarrel) 4. To be in the same boat (To be in the same circumstances) 5. In hot water (In trouble) 6. Have green fingers (Good at gardening) 7. Burn the midnight oil (Study until late at night) 8. Once in a blue moon (Seldom) 9. At the eleventh hour (At the last minute) 10. Bear in mind (Remember) DRILL 1: By using all of the 10 list of idioms above, try to come out with a short paragraph of a story. Be as creative as possible.

Zayyid and Ziyyad were twin brothers. They came from poor family. Since their father had passed away, so they had to live with their step father. Their step father had odd jobs and all of them lived from hand to mouth for a livelihood. Zayidi was their best friend and also was in same the boat. For Zaidi, since his father worked as a lorry driver, he saw his father once in a blue moon only. Therefore, he joined both twins to search job for their petty cash during evening time. Zaiyidi, Zayyid and Ziyyad had geen fingers, hence, all of them spent their spare time after school doing some part time of gardening around the nearby mansion area.. However, his step mother was a fierce lady, if he was late to return home, he must be in a hot water. All of them were aware that knowledge was important, so they sometimes had to burn the midnight oil due to studying at the eleventh hour. They always bear in mind, that every difficulty would be an ease.

account for (something) ." all of a sudden .considering the fact that something happened. in agreement with something.about to (do something) . he never phones you. We did everything according to the terms of our agreement. according to (someone or something) . in proportion to something According to our be on the point of doing something I was about to leave when the phone rang.suddenly. after all . without advance warning All of a sudden it became cloudy and began to provide an explanation or answer for something The bad weather accounts for the fact that few people came to the meeting. there will be no class next week. in the order of said or told by someone. something that is usually assumed "You don't need to phone him. as a matter of fact . After all.

actually "As a matter of fact.. I think that I will return home now. as to .in the same way that something would be. concerning "As for me. as long as ." as far as . as for .with regard to." as soon as . when I phoned my friend as soon as I finished dinner. It seemed as if the whole town came to the the extent or degree of something As far as I know the movie will start in a few minutes.just after something." as if .with regard to. we have been to the history museum many times. that The drink tastes as if it were made with orange juice. on condition that "As long as you promise to be careful you can borrow my car.provided that. according to .

to divide something into parts. break up . too I plan to take a computer course this summer as addition to someone or something "Please bring your swimming suit as well as your towel. break down (something) .backwards and forwards. also. The sugar began to break down soon after it was swallowed. first one way and then the other way The argument went back and forth before the judge made a be in a better situation than before My friend would be better off if he sold his old car and bought a new one. I will answer it tomorrow. to separate something into simpler substances We tried to break down the problem for further study. as well as (someone or something) . better off ." The players were put into groups as to their ability. as well ."As to your question." back and forth .

We usually break up into small groups during our happen unexpectedly I will not be able to go to the party if something else comes up." come up . to put an end to something Nobody wanted to break up their groups. to divide into groups or pieces. to do something The scientist wanted to carry out several experiments before discussing the new medicine. by the way .to produce or find a thought/idea/answer I tried to come up with a name for the new magazine." carry out (something) ." "Come on. .. go faster "Come on.please. to accomplish put something into action. could you please bring your laptop computer tomorrow.incidentally "By the way. hurry. come up with (something) . I only have a few minutes before I must go. stop doing that. come on! .to separate.

end up (doing something or going somewhere) .to write words in blank spaces "Please fill in this form and give it to the receptionist. to go somewhere one had not planned to go We ended up going to a restaurant after the movie last night. fill in (something) .deal with (something) . first of all .the very first thing First of all we prepared the garden and then we planted the seeds. to take action about something We will deal with the boxes learn or discover something My mother is angry at me because she found out that I had quit my French do something that one had not planned to do." find out (something) .to be concerned with something. . figure out (someone or something) .to try to understand someone or something. to solve something I finally figured out how to use the new DVD player.

permanently The city will close the public swimming pool for good next week. to escape from somewhere I want to hurry and get out of my house. surely "I will go to the movie with you for sure next leave somewhere. I bumped my head as I was getting into the become interested or involved in something I do not want to get into an argument with my friend. get into (something) . for sure .without doubt. .to enter somewhere My friend wants to get into a good university. We will get into the details of the plan return to something I was happy to get back to my work after my holiday." get back to (something) . get into (somewhere) . get out of (somewhere) .for good . certainly.

to do something The teacher decided to go through the exercise before the test. go through (something) .to examine or review something The accountant will go over the books discuss something. We plan to go over that question tomorrow. get through (something) . to finish something My friend is having trouble getting through her final exams. We can`t wait any longer." go on . . to sell or destroy begin to do something "Let`s go ahead and start now. go over (something) .to complete something. I have much reading that I must get through before tomorrow. to look at give or throw something continue The game will probably go on for an hour after we leave. to make a cold or fever disappear I bought a new television set so I want to get rid of the old one.get rid of (something) . go ahead .

to wait and not hang up the phone "Please hold on for a minute while I lock the spend one`s time with no great a certain extent." in a way . hold on . to choose one thing rather than another We decided to go with the small rental car rather than the large one. if something should happen .if." That problem has nothing to do with me.go with (something) . to be related to something "The book has something to do with cooking but I am not sure if you will like it. to spend leisure time with friends Recently my friend has been hanging out with a group of people who are not a good influence on him. somewhat In a way I want to go to the new restaurant but in a way I don`t really be about something. hang out (somewhere/with someone) . a little. to be on the subject of something. have (something) to do with (something) . in case .to wait a minute.

in common .to approve or support someone or something Everybody is in favor of the new police chief. in detail . item by item The saleswoman explained about the new product in detail. in use or ownership by all I had nothing in common with the other members of the class. in general . in fact . My company is not in favor of changing our holiday schedule.for practical all the details.actually.shared together or equally.I will take my umbrella in case it rains. basically The man's silence was in effect a way of disagreeing with the other people in the meeting. in effect . in favor of (someone or something) . In fact he has been there three times. the truth is The man has been to China most situations or circumstances .

in the proper place or location Everything in the room was in place when we arrived for the meeting. in other words .In general. in some ways . in terms of (something) . by some unspecified means In some ways I know what my friend means but in some ways I do some unspecified way or manner. in order to . in time .for the purpose of They have decided to close down the school for the summer in order to do some major repairs. most of the people in our apartment are happy with the new manager.with regard to something In terms of our agreement with the other company we were not allowed to sell the products a different (usually more direct) way "In other words." in place . if you do not finish the assignment by Wednesday you will not pass the course.

kind of .to cause a change in a situation It does not make a difference whether our boss comes to the meeting or not. I looked up the word in the dictionary. look for (something) .somewhat. to hunt/search for something My friend has been looking for her credit card all morning but she can`t find search for something in a dictionary or other book I will look up my friend's name in the telephone book. look up (something) .to remember and think about someone or something I told my co-workers to keep the new starting time for work in mind.. more or less. make sense .to try to find something. keep (someone or something) in mind .early enough I did not come home in time to meet my cousin. moderately I was kind of tired when I arrived home last night. make a difference .

in contrast. make sure . not at all .to seem reasonable His new proposal really does make sense." on the other hand . make certain.however. more or less . to some extent I more or less have decided to study business next year.regardless No matter how hard that I try. no matter . naturally "Of course you can use my car if you want to.certainly. my piano teacher is never satisfied.certainly not I am not at all happy with my new computer.. to establish something without a doubt I want to make sure that my friend is going to meet me tomorrow. looking at the opposite side of a matter . of course .

point out (someone or something) . exactly at the correct the scheduled get or receive something I will pick up my dry cleaning tomorrow. once again . open to (something) . pick up (something) . one more time. once more I tried once again to phone my boss at his home .to be agreeable to learn or hear about new ideas or suggestions Most members of the class were open to the teacher's ideas.He is very intelligent but on the other hand he is very lazy and always gets low marks at school. on time .to explain or call attention to someone or something My teacher was very kind when she pointed out the mistakes that I had produce or make something (a product/brochure/report/CD/movie/paper) . put out (something) . I picked up a copy of the newspaper at the station. punctually Our train arrived exactly on time.

We decided to rule out Monday as the day to have our meeting. to encounter something The mechanic ran into trouble when he was fixing my car. .to establish something. The company set up a unique situation to test the new product. set up (something) ." rule out (someone or something) . regardless of (something) .to experience something.The company puts out a newsletter every month for the employees.without considering or thinking about something. without regard to something Regardless of the weather we are going to go fishing tomorrow morning. to provide the money for something The newspaper company provided the money to set up the new travel magazine. run into (something . right away .immediately "I forgot to bring my book but I will go home and get it right decide against or eliminate someone or something The police ruled out the man as a possible bank robber. I ran into some interesting facts when I was researching my essay.a fact/trouble/problems/difficulty) .

show up . sort of (something) .to continue doing something. although the service was not very good. to be similar to something. so to speak . but not really. to be present "What time did your friend show up for the party?" so far . to be almost something. to not quit something My brother has been able to stick with his trumpet lessons since he was a appear.until now So far no one has entered the speech contest at the television station. this is one way to say something We had a good time at the one might or could use someone or something for one's own benefit ." stick with (something) . so to speak. to be not quite something "Did you finish cleaning the kitchen?" "Sort of. take advantage of (someone or something) .

to give something to someone. turn in (something) .to look after or give attention to someone or something You should take care of your health or you will become sick. to take command of something The large company wants to take over some of the small companies in our area. take care of (someone or something) . to the extent that .to happen. to hand something to someone . to occur The soccer game took place on the coldest day of the year. in so far as I plan to provide information about the new company policy to the extent that I am familiar with it. take over (something) . I took out some onions from the refridgerator. take out (something) .to remove something from the degree take control of something.We took advantage of the beautiful weather and went to the beach. take place . to extract something The teacher told us to take out our books.

approaching a certain point Up to last week I had never been inside a bowling alley.I arrived at school early so that I could turn in my essay.referring to something. work out (for the best) . turn out .until. up to . used to .to be found or known. as far as a certain point. up to (someone) to decide/do (something) . to prove to be true It turned out that more people came to the party than we end successfully . with respect to (something) . concerning something I do not know what the company will do with respect to the old computer be responsible to choose or decide something It is up to the company president to decide when the meeting will start. There were probably up to thirty people at the meeting.accustomed to My friend is not used to living in such a big city.

20.I hope that everything will work out for my friend when she moves to London next week. 9. I glanced at my watch. Words to describe Happy 1. It was 7. My mind was buzzing with question. There was a song in every heart. 11. 18. 24. His eyes flickered. 6. 12. Disbelieved was written on all over their horrified faces. 25. 15. I waited anxiously. It was almost midnight. It was in the middle of the night. 19. 3. Sweat began to roll. cheerful in every face and spring in every step. 23. Everyone stared at me up and down. 2. Cheered . 17. It was a midweek holiday from school. 5. 22. 21. My heart was pounding! 7. Clear blue sky turning gray. I choked on a scream. He was walking along a deserted road side. windy morning. The sparkly sea splashes up onto the sandy beach. Blissful 2. 13. She poked her elbow into my ribs. 8. I was getting creepy! I was going nuts! We pushed our way through the crowd. 1. Leaves fell and fluttered like snowflakes. 10. Two day elapsed. I spun around and screamed. 14. 16. My hands were shaking with excitement. 4.15 am in the cold.

Experiencing moments of ecstasy 16. Hilariously happy 17. A wonderful time 9. exaltation 6. I could hardly wait until the morning 6. It was the happiest day of my life 8.3. Exhilarated 5. Jubilant 10. Gleeful 7. In high spirits 18. Exulted. Ecstatic 8. Mirthful Phrases to describe Happy 1. I bounced about in happiness 11. Jumping and skipping with joy . Very elated (happy) 2. Full of mirth 19. Eyes gleamed with surprise 15. Pleased 11. Jumping up and down with joy or excitement 4. Whistling and humming 7. Screamed with joy 13. Shouted at the top of my voice 12. I could not keep still 5. Euphoria 9. I shall never forget that day 10. Eyes shining with delight 3. Delighted 4. Cried out of happiness 14.

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